Brewed by Durham
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle conditioned. Available occasionally on cask as Priors Gold.
A good robust bitter. Some crystal malt gives a slight golden colour while a dry rich hoppy bitterness makes for a refreshing experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (944) - ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle. Slight haze gold with a steady thick white head. Initial nose is very wheaty and malty. Can pick out some lemons and limes too. In the mouth, a nice warm malt sweetness to everything, while there’s a really excellent bitterness which develops as you drink. Dry and zesty, with a mellow bitter palate. Cracking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4534) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. Straw coloured with a loose cream head and light carbonation; grainy aroma with a hint of coriander; full bodied with a light honeyed sweetness that is well balanced by the crystal malt; then a dry apricoty, fruity finish. A really well-balanced and satisfying blond ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2012
50cl bottle, BB 05-2013, from Beer City. Dorée sur une légère opacité, cela avec un col blanc épais. Arôme est houblonné léger mais avec un bouquet mettant en avant les qualités des houblons. Donne un profile fruité avec ce léger côté orangé qui se met plus en avant. A noter également, un retrait houblon nobles tchèque/allemand. Palais est agréable, léger et fruité laissant une amertume typique d’un style APA voire Bitter anglaise. Note fruitée, herbacée alternant notes tropicales, agrumes orange voire ananas, et une pointe d’épices. Le tout gardant un arrière palais de houblons nobles en amertume. Très légère en bouche, facile pour le beau temps, et on peut facilement en boire qcq pintes. Solide a tous les niveaux.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2103) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 8, 2012
Bottle from Fenwick, Newcastle
Light amber, clear, good frothy head, good lacing
Aroma of soft spicy hops...light citrus...light caramel malts
Taste of spicy light peppery bitter hops...biscuity light caramel malts..hint of soft fruit in the background....bit of yeast...fairly light flavour
Palate medium carb...bit over-carbonated...light body...slightly oily texture..light tangy bitter. Finish is quite dry..some bitter spicy hops...soft bitter slightly mineraly metallic linger
Overall - I preferred the Magus to this - would like to try this cask as it’s quite refreshing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Peter Fowler, Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon consumed 14.03.12 amongst a six pack cheers Peter Golden in colour with the merest of haze, little bit of sick with a dab of fruit and hoppiness showing through (despite the mention of sick the nose is actually fine!) Bit of fizziness in mouth with detracts a touch, middling bitterness, touch metallic, but it is quite good. Not as good as the Magus but I like it. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov14 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles to leave some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is flowery and citrus hops and lightly toasted malts. Taste is nicely balanced between the citrus hop bitterness and light malty sweetness. Light to medium body and moderat carbonation. A nice and tasty bitter which I enjoyed sampling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (2879) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2012
500ml bottle from Nina’s Mini Market, Edinburgh - pours hazy amber with a frothy white head, high carbonation, cereal with a bitter taste and aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (1844) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via The Dram Shop. Massive carbonated overflow upon opening. Honey and grapefruit aroma, some cereal grain and cellar. Bright tangy flavour, balanced with slightly more upfront bitterness. Pepper and honey on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
banner001 (26) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
golden brown ale, decent carbonation, maintains a frothy white head. aroma of bread, yeast, grass, fruits and caramel, tastes like it smells, small amount of dryness and bitterness, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle at home. Pale orange amber, bubbly off-white head fades to barely anything. Fruity apricot, hint of grassy apple hop, sweet malt nose. Palate is dry and spiced, hints of pepper, some caramel, slight phenolic notes, soft grassy peppery bitter finish. Not bad.

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